The Google Chrome for a Cause extension was something else… Just one demonstration of ways in which the Web can actually Do Good.
Using this simple extension in Chrome, it kept track of the number of tabs the user opened each day. Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19, you had the option at the end of the day to contribute your tabs to one of five charities (read more about these in my original article).
I understand this was billed as a Holiday-only type of thing, in which Google donated up to $1 million to these causes (and I never could find out for sure if that was $1 million to each charity, or $1 million in total to be split among all 5 charities (per the user’s requested donations). But is there any reason why this must end?
I’m sure that Google, and many of its employees (and former employees) are involved in many charitable endeavors, but it sure would be sweet to see this Chrome for a Cause program continue. Say pick a charity, one per week, and have it be the beneficiary of up to a $1 million donation from Google, if the number of tabs opened in that week reaches a million total, or some other arbitrary figure.
It would especially be sweet if they programmed an extension for Firefox, Internet Explorer, even Opera and Safari, too – Yes, I know the name of the program is Chrome for a Cause, but who says Google can’t offer Firefox for a Cause, Internet Explorer for a Cause, and so on?
Keep tabs on all tabs opened in these browsers, and let the donations flow! There are plenty of worthy causes, just as there are plenty of folks mindlessly browsing the web, er, make that “using the web for work-related purposes” each and every day!
So, what do you say, Google? I say let the Cause roll on!
Google Chrome Blog: Browse for a good cause.